International Experience Requirement
Rules and Regulations

Our Guarantee: BGInS guarantees that sufficient IER options will be available for all students, it does not guarantee that space will be available in your first choice option.

Degree Requirements:

• The IER is mandatory in the BGInS Honours degree
• The IER is optional in the BGInS 15.0 credit degree


Students are not eligible for the IER until they have third year standing, i.e. have completed 9.0 credits. Normally, this means that the earliest students can go on the IER is the summer term after their second year. Once they are eligible, students can complete the IER at any point in their program prior to graduation

CGPA Requirements:

Some IER options have minimum CGPA requirements for participation:

  • International exchange and international placement: overall CGPA 7.0
  • Letter of permission: overall CGPA 5.0 and major and specialization CGPA 6.50

Specialization Specific Rules:

Africa and Globalization: requires a 0.5 credit in an African Experience in their sp, which is defined as:

  • AFRI 3100, African Studies Abroad or
  • AFRI 3900, Placement or
  • International exchange at an African university
  • BGInS IER can be satisfied through any of the above options, and it may be beneficial for students in this specialization to plan so that they do not have to complete two IERs